The call and support for the environment seems to have been forgotten among the demands of the occupiers. In fact it has been noted that those who are part of the Occupy Movement are unaware of the technological gadgets they use while simultaneously waging war on the very corporations who produce them. The irony is certainly palpable. These two clips are to inspire us to remember what it is we risk losing in nature. Financial greed doesn’t only take a toll on people; the environment suffers too. I received this second [Read More]

 

You have been instructed to read this guide included in your Post-Societal Collapse Family Survival Kit (PSCFSK) under the circumstance that the Sustainable Earth Resource Production Plan (SERPP) has failed to fulfill its ultimate goal of providing a safe and sustainable resource production base for Earth’s Population.  If said circumstance has not yet been met, please return this guide to your PSCFSK for future reference upon total system collapse.   We here at Sustainable Survival Corporations are aware that the total collapse of society as you know it may be [Read More]

 
Overpopulation - How Many More Mouths Can We Feed?

Various articles have shown up in the news recently regarding a prediction that the Earth’s human population would reach 7 billion by the end of 2011.  We are all familiar with the “hockey stick” graph of human population growth.  This graph has been commonly used to show the exponential rise in human population and therefore illustrate how our impact on the Earth is greatly increasing every day.  It was used, with great success, in Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” to exemplify how easy it is for the human [Read More]

 

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [Read More]

 
Crisis: Part of Ecological Cycles?

.          The Occupy Movement, above all is a cry for help.  When it began it was leaderless, without demands, without social prerequisites to join in the call of distress.  The only agreement everyone can make – across the board – is that change needs to happen.  The system needs correction.  How to do this and where to start, is another matter.  What should come first and who should do it are issues with a plethora of differing opinions. .          In my interview with Joel Bellenson, a genetic engineer, computer programmer [Read More]

 

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Progress: Did Dolores Umbridge Get it Right?

In A Short History of Progress, Wright (2005) describes that repeatedly throughout history; societies have sought progress only to collapse as a result of unsustainable goals. In the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Professor Umbridge states: “…for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress’s sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation because some changes will be for the [Read More]

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                                                                                                                                                                August 15th, 2111 Dear great grandma,   Thank you so much [Read More]

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Dear Past, I remember you used to tell Rebecca and I stories about when you were younger. You told us about traveling around the world when you were the age I am now. The sights of the mountains you climbed in Switzerland, the deserts that you became thirsty in, in Morocco, the tall Eucalyptus forests you smelt and walked though in Australia. Rebecca and I remember every detail of every taste, smell, feeling and sight you experienced. I think you told us over and over again to make sure those [Read More]

 
Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/blog/ronald-wright-lecture-recap . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]

 
Would Collapse be Preferable?

  The Occupy movement can be characterized as movement to alter the course of society. Predicting dire circumstances in the future (economic and environmental), individuals are consciously attempting to change the path that our system is on. Perhaps this is all for not though. When we look at classic adaptive model used in resilience theory, comprehensive reorganization only occurs when the system has completely collapsed. The protests and the changing that they want to see implemented in my opinion will prevent or at very least postpone the eventual collapse that [Read More]

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“… On the twenty-third half-moon of the recalibrated Traversian cycle, a civil war raged between a race of machine called the Dronatics and their masters and creators, the Mechticians. The last hope of the Mechticians was a carrier spaceship and its flotilla commanded by admiral Cerzach. Losing to the Dronatics advanced weaponry, the Mechticians had no choice but to abandon their home world and space-travel to uncharted coordinates in search of a new world. Having escaped from the Dronatics’ radars, the Mechticians managed to find a new potential home in [Read More]

 
Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

 
Occupy Food Systems and Ecological Anthropology

Food is an essential part of life and a keystone in the foundation for most cultures.  Is it fair that people and businesses with vested interests are controlling how people feed themselves?  In the past, humans were more connected with their food supplies and production and there was significantly more transparency is all aspects of food security.  We have sped away from this way of living, driven by the euphoria of consuming with ease and efficiency and pulled further along by corporations focused on profits.  What consequences will this way [Read More]

 

Listen to CBC’s Ideas interview with Chris Hedges on The Empire of Illusion “We dare not become disillusioned because our illusions are the very house in which we live” —–D. Boorstein